Carroll Baker and Jack Garfein (Couple)

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Carroll Baker and Jack Garfein
Date Dating 1954
Date Married 3 January 1955
Date Separated 1967
Date Divorced 13 August 1969
Relationship Type Married
Relationship Status Divorced
Relationship Source
Where/How First Met 53 enrolls at the Actor's Studio and falls in love with fellow student Jack Garfein
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(3 January 1955 - 13 August 1969) (divorced) (2 children)

1. Blanche Joy Garfein (aka Blanche Baker) (20 December 1956)

2. Herschel David Garfein (17 January 1958)


7 February 68 a Rome spokesman announces for her that she filed for divorce from Garfein in Los Angeles, California, last week. Garfein`s 37; she`s 36.

53 enrolls at the Actor's Studio and falls in love with fellow student Jack Garfein

3 April 55 marries Czechoslovakia-born Jack Garfein in a Jewish ceremony at the New York apartment of Paula and Lee Strasberg. He's 24; she's 23. He's a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz and Bergen Belsen. His mother and sister were sent to the crematoriums.

December 56 her daughter, Blanche Joy, is born at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She is named after Garfein's mother. She will become a TV actress.

17 January 58 her son, Herschel David, is born at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He is named after Garfein's father.

June 58 columnist Harrison Carroll writes: "Exciting time for Carroll Baker in Spain. She's to play a gypsy in The Miracle so she and husband Jack Garfein went high in the hills above Granada and became very friendly with the gypsies who live in caves and in incredible poverty. A 15-year-old Flamenco dancer taught Carroll a number to use in the picture. Carroll brought both of her children, 17-month-old Blanche Joy and 4-month-old Herschel, to Hollywood. Jack will follow later."

November 59 her films are banned in Egypt because of her marriage to Jewish Garfein. Also banned: Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.

October 62 she, Garfain, and Van Johnson hold their little celebration at Sardi's "happy because their play, Come on Strong, treated unkindly by the critics, seems to have caught on and may linger on indefinitely"

September 64 columnist Leonard Lyons knows: "Carroll Baker had a choice of movie roles for Joe Levine or for another studio at $40,000 more. She chose Levine because she felt a loyalty to the producer who'd given her her role in The Carpetbaggers. Levine heard of it, and decided that this loyalty should not go unrewarded. He phoned Jack Garfein, Miss Baker's husband, to accompany him to Harry Winston's, to choose a $50,000 diamond ring for Miss Baker. The next day Levine phoned Garfein to meet him at Winston's again, because he'd changed his mind: Levine returned the $55,000 ring - and bought a $75,000 necklace instead."

June 65 columnist Mike Connolly reports that after her battle with Levine, she "declined his invitation to vacation in the beach house he leased for her on the French Riviera; instead, she and her husband, Jack Garfein, boarded a yacht (rented by themselves) for their three-month Cote d'Azur tenure..."

Mid-67 she and Garfein separate after making an oral agreement that he would continue to receive 40 percent of the money paid her thereafter by Paramount

7 February 68 a Rome spokesman announces for her that she filed for divorce from Garfein in Los Angeles, California, last week. Garfein's 37; she's 36.

March 68 columnist Sheila Graham writes that "they say that Carroll Baker has her next mate - number 3 -picked out and is just waiting for her divorce from Jack Garfein. I wonder why Jack denied the rift when I telephoned him after Carroll's absence of a year in Europe, plus confirmation from a friend, made me aware that a divorce was pending. Miss Baker's new Italian film is The Honeymoon."

15 August 68 Garfein countersues her for divorce in Los Angeles, charging her with extreme cruelty. Garfein asks custody of their two children, Blanche, 11, and Herschel, 10, who are living with him. Garfein charges that she is receiving funds outside of the United States and asks the court to enforce the alleged agreement about his receiving 40 percent of her earnings.

16 September 68 she and Garfein agree to share custody of their two children; she receives physical custody but can't put them in boarding school without his permission, and she must give them Hebrew religious instruction.

24 July 69 testifies in her contested divorce trial that Garfein "either couldn't or wouldn't" find work during their hard times. He is seeking half of her present and future earnings on grounds he was instrumental in making her a star.

13 August 69 she and Garfein are granted double divorce decrees in Los Angeles Superior Court. He's 39; she's 38. Judge William E. MacFaden rejects a claim by Garfein that he was entitled to part of her earnings from her Paramount contract saying he found no evidence that the promotion of Carroll's career "ever deterred or damaged" Garfein's career. She is granted custody of their two children; he is ordered to pay $300 monthly child support.


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Blanche  Female

Herschel  Male

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